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The Second-Born Child (also known as Evel Knievel)

I know, I know. Here I go with the broad generalizations regarding birth order, BUT my firstborn son? Meticulous, seeks approval, likes conformity, leader, confident, so and so forth. My second (and last) born daughter? Rebellious, pushes the boundaries, independent, loves risks, and more or less, is destined to be stunt woman in her adult years.

I could spend days writing about the hows and whys of this behavior (hell, researchers have spent years studying it), but, for today, let’s just focus on her top three favorite activities as a 17-month-old.

1. Picking up heavy objects and hurling them over the safety gate and down the stairway, followed by maniacal laughter.

2. Instead of playing the piano, climbing on top and attempting Parkour, followed by maniacal laughter.

3. Jumping up and down in the SLIPPERY, WATER-FILLED BATHTUB, resulting in this doozy of a fat lip, yet still followed by maniacal laughter.

Other notables include throwing the remote control across the room, attempting Ashtanga dropbacks from her highchair, swan diving off the couch into a bean bag, and perfecting the high jump over her crib. All followed by, you guessed it, maniacal laughter. It’s a good thing she’s adorable.

What’s the deal, you guys? Have you noticed your children fitting into the birth order mold? Or did your kiddos completely buck the birth order theories?

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